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Posted on: December 7, 2023

East Lansing Police Department to Host 10-Week Citizens’ Police Academy in 2024

Citizens Police Academy

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Community members are invited to apply for the East Lansing Police Department’s (ELPD) 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy, which begins Jan. 30, 2024. 

Interested community members should apply by Jan. 17, 2024. Eligible applicants include anyone who is at least 18 years old and affiliated with the City of East Lansing, including residents, students and business owners. Class size is limited to 15-20 individuals. Visit to apply.

The Citizens' Police Academy will meet every Tuesday from Jan. 30-Apr. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the ELPD Emergency Operations Center, 409 Park Lane. There will be no class on Feb. 27.

The Citizens' Police Academy is designed to provide citizens with a working knowledge of the ELPD through both classroom and hands-on instruction. The course will cover a variety of topics, including response to resistance, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, neighborhood watch, emergency management and disaster preparedness, a K9 Unit demonstration and more. 

The Citizens’ Police Academy is free and open to all who are eligible. ELPD will conduct a background check on each applicant and notify selected applicants prior to the start of the course. For questions, contact Lt. Adrian Ojerio at

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